Fukushima: Japanese villagers return home 10 years after accident

After 10 years of Fukushima nuclear accident, the inhabitants of the village of Japan, Katsurao, they will return to their homes.

A decade ago the villagers they were evacuated from their village, But now they are preparing preparations to return home, this after the authorities partially reopened some areas delimited by the accident recorded in 2011.

The Director of Reconstruction and Promotion of the Katsurao Office, Takuya Ishida, indicated that the village, which is home to 93 people, was declared “Area of ​​difficult return” due to high radiation levels that it presented, but time has passed and now 10 years after the nuclear disaster, the residents will be able to begin preparing to return as long as they comply with the security measures.

They can only stay home for a few hours

Villagers prepare to return to their homes A triple disaster struck Japan in 2011

Currently citizens they are allowed to return to their homes only at night to make preparations for their final return, but for now they must complete and fill out a series of forms and carry dosimeters in order to control radiation exposure levels.

Citizens are expected to be able to return to their homes permanently during the spring of 2022, if the authorities completely lift the evacuation order.

What happened in Fukushima?

A triple disaster struck Japan in 2011

On March 11, 2011 a triple disaster shook the east coast of Japan: a great earthquake of magnitude 9, a posterior tsunami with gigantic waves and, as a consequence of it and by human failures, a nuclear accident level 7 (highest) in the central.

That day the earthquake, known as el Great East Japan Earthquake, or the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, struck eastern Sendai City, 97 kilometers north of the plant.

The nuclear plant systems detected the earthquake and automatically shut down the nuclear reactors. Emergency diesel generators are turned on to keep the coolant pumping around the cores, which remain incredibly hot even after the reactions stop.

But shortly after, a wave over 14 meters high hit Fukushima. The water seized the defensive jetty, flooded the plant and destroyed the emergency generators, causing the nuclear accident.

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